Man sentenced to prison for sexual assault – Earley
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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been jailed after he was found guilty of sexual assault in Earley.
Steven Hicks, aged 60, of Quentin Road, Woodley, was found guilty of sexual assault by touching in a trial lasting nine days at Reading Crown Court, which concluded on Friday (19/1).
Returning to the same court for sentencing today (25/1), Hicks was jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years.
The offence occurred on 5 January 2022 in Earley.
In January 2022, the victim, an elderly woman, was receiving at-home care following a fall.
Whilst receiving care, on the 5 January, Hicks, a registered nurse from the NHS Rapid Response team, conducted an un-scheduled visit to the victim’s property, entered her home under the guise of working from the orthopaedic department and sexually assaulted her.
Specialist Investigator Philippa Sharman, based at Loddon Valley Police Station, said: “I am pleased that Hicks has been sentenced to prison for this offence.
“This was an abhorrent attack on an elderly woman in her own home.
“I would like to pay tribute to Hick’s victim, who put her trust in our investigation to bring him to justice.
“She showed such bravery and such courage to report the offences and patience while we investigated and held Hicks to account.
“We will always investigate offences of this nature with utmost integrity and support victims throughout.
“We will listen, investigate appropriately and help victims to access any support services tailored to their needs.
“Thames Valley Police is relentless in its pursuit and disruption of perpetrators of violence against women and girls.
“If you are a victim, or suspect someone is a victim of crime, please contact the force. We have specialist trained officers who will listen and support you.
“You can contact us via our website, by calling 101, or by visiting a police station.”